By Tunde Oyekola, Osogbo
A socio-political group in Osun State, Development Advocacy Group (DAG) has condemned protests and agitation by some politicians in the state describing as deceitful and mischievous.
DAG in a statement signed by the Publicity Secretary of the group, Comrade Wasiu Ibraheem and made available in Osogbo on Saturday described the recent protests by some group as self serving and provocative.
He described the protest as shameless assemblage of people put together by some lazy politicians to deliberately orchestrate the reordering of the process of determining the governor of the state which call for serious concern in the interest of democracy.
Wasiu express concern that is important to halt “The divisive and hate speech that is spreading rapidly among our people.”
It would be recalled that members of Osun Continuity Movement, a pressure group within the state Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Friday staged a protest to drive its point that the party should pick it governorship candidate from Osun West senatorial district.
However DAG in it statement said, “Abinitio, people of good conscience with historical precision of the political evolution of the state had demonstrated apathy towards this retrogressive and fraudulent campaign which they considered will end when common sense prevail.
“After a thorough evaluation of this sectional agenda by a few selfish, self serving and unpopular politicians, whose stock in trade is milk the state dry always, it then becomes pertinent to put the record straight and deconstruct this satanic narratives in the interest of our dear state and it’s future.
“We say unequivocally that the said gathering did not represent the voice of the Osun West Senatorial district, rather, the parochial interest of the very few parasites that had always taken advantage to cause division among the ever united people of Osun State.
“It is important to ask them, since their over three decades hold on to control of political opportunities in the area, how many of the people have they impacted? The answer is self evident in the reality around the district.”
The group further stated that the agitation is unknown to the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria or any political parties any where in the country.
Zoning agitation according to the group is an extension of the same divisive mechanism deployed by the few parasitic elites in the country along religion, ethnicity and gender to perpetually hold the ordinary Nigerian to the jugular.
“If this agitation is not quickly put down by well meaning people of the state, it would divide the state so sharply along every unthinkable sentiment that would draw the state back in hundreds.
“Clamour for ‘West Lokan’ governorship slot does not represent fairness and justice as we are made to believe, rather what is justice and equity is for political parties to provide a level playing field for all aspirants that is qualified to stake their chances based on their manifestoes.
“Therefore, the clarion call of every progressive minded and development conscious people from the Osun West Senatorial district is The Best and Not the West,” the statement concluded.
By Tunde Oyekola, Osogbo